IN the wake of International Women’s Day we are shining a light on some successful local business women, with today’s focus on Judith Desbonne, the director of Human Wellbeing Ltd.
Judith, a Human Givens psychological therapist and supervisor, is based in Richmond Close, Bridgwater, from where she offers fast and practical help for emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.
Like many business people she was hit hard by the first lockdown in particular. With all counselling undertaken online the amount of people she was able to see dropped dramatically.
Things are better this time around, with legal restrictions on face-to-face therapy being eased, but Judith finds an increasing amount of her work has been done over Zoom.
She says: “It’s not ideal, because it can be harsh having a face staring at you on a screen, and some people don’t like it. But you can get results on screen and it has helped me to engage with people further afield, including Hampshire and Manchester. Another therapist I know even has clients overseas.”
Being a woman has not been much of an issue for Judith in such a female-dominated profession, but she has experienced the odd instance of prejudice. And she says, as someone who also works in the NHS, that the amount of men in top jobs is surprisingly high.
Judith adds: “In my business life my biggest inspiration is seeing the positive changes that my clients can make over a relatively short space of time.
“It’s such a privilege to be able to use my skills to assist a diverse range of people to overcome their psychological and emotional difficulties and find joy in life.”